In a previous post, I imagined a glorious remodeling of the landscape of the hillside streamward from our house. Sadly, in the 1.7 years since I published that post, I have accomplished very few of my stated goals.
HOWEVER, I have just recently completed a major milestone in the process: I have built a staircase down to the little strip of level ground halfway down into the Squalicum Creek flood plain. I built it out of concrete, hand-mixed, because concrete is heavy and I am a masochist (evidently). And I did not use a single straight edge in the process (“Line in nature is not found,; Unit and universe are round“). I shaped each step using aluminum flashing with concrete blocks to hold the structure in place while it set. 108 bags of cement mix (that’s 6,480 lbs dry) makes 16 steps.
I am very pleased with the results, and very much in need of chiropractic assistance.
Here’s a photograph of the whole thing, complete with mud and weeds and recently planted miscellany:
As I worked up from the bottom step, a sort of curving, glass-bead-and-seashell motif took shape. Given more time, it probably would have become more elaborate. A lot of my inspiration for the style comes simply from the debris that tends to fill my back yard — for example:
And, in what can only be considered a sign of good fortune, this occurred immediately after I took these pictures:
Now, that complete, it’s time to start planning the second half — which should require about twice as much concrete as the first =D